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Milwaukee Door Lock Installation Kit

Maintenance and Building Supers everywhere will get a kick out of this one. It’s an easier way to more accurately install door locksets on a consistent basis. Sure, there’ve been kits like this before that promise the world, but rarely deliver. They usually end up in a workshop drawer, buried beneath old screws, nuts and wrenches. This time, though, Milwaukee says things will be different – this will be your go-to install kit for now on. From what we saw at the New Product Symposium, they could be right.

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The kit will come packaged with bi-metal hole saws, pilot bits, and an easily adjustable drill guide.

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Take a look at the self-centering guide in action.

Kit Features

The kit consists of the requisite hole saws, pilot drill bits and such. But it also includes a very slick, auto-centering and easily-adjustable drill guide that clamps onto the door edge with the twist of a knob. Ed Lau, Product Manager for Hole Saws, says the guide can be adjusted for doors 1 3/8″ wide to 1 3/4″ wide in less than 10 seconds. That’s a vast improvement over systems of old, if you ask me.

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The guide can be adjusted for standard door thicknesses in less than 10 seconds, according to Milwaukee.

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Tightening the clamp knob on the side of the guide centers it automatically.

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The guide looked pretty darned centered to us during the demonstration.

During the product demonstration, some attendees were challenged to adjust a competitor’s guide in a test of speed. Most failed miserably – so much for not reading the instructions, right? Well, that’s the beauty of the Milwaukee guide – you can figure it out in about the time it takes you to read this sentence.

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Those who tried, tended to fail miserably when adjusting the competitor’s guide.

As with most kits of this type, the guide is made from a high-impact ABS plastic that looks like it’ll outlast the next ice age. All the parts and pieces looked sturdy, well-engineered and constructed to us. We’ll have to wait until September of this year to see how it performs under pressure, but the price is certainly right – Lau says it’ll be available for around $35 – $45. Stay tuned!

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